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Watch: Brooklyn block where Notorious B.I.G grew up renamed for rapper

Posted at 12:16 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 13:59:11-04

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Just weeks after what would have been the 47th birthday of late rapper The Notorious B.I.G., his foundation had a street in Brooklyn renamed for him Monday.

The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation announced in May that the stretch of St. James Place between Gates Avenue and Fulton Street would be renamed Christopher Wallace Way during the ceremony June 10.

The block is where the rapper grew up and the initiative to change the name was approved by the Brooklyn Community Board 2 in November.

“Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man,” LeRoy McCarthy, who spearheaded the initiative, told Rolling Stone at the time. “It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and hip-hop is worldwide.”

The Notorious B.I.G. — also known as Biggie Smalls and born Christopher Wallace — was 24 years old when he was gunned down in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.

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